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Green Party Nominee for U.S. House in Tennessee Dies (October 30, 2014, 10:08 PM)

On October 30, Norris Dryer, Green Party nominee for U.S. House, 2nd district, in Knoxville, Tennessee, died. See this obituary. As reported earlier, the Libertarian Party nominee for U.S. Senate in Iowa, Douglas Butzier, also died this month.


Salem, Oregon?s Daily Newspaper Recommends Voting ?No? on Top-Two Measure (October 30, 2014, 07:40 PM)

The Statesman-Journal, Salem’s daily newspaper, here recommends that voters defeat Measure 90, the top-two proposal.


Substantial Majority of Small Business Owners Favor a Multi-Party System for the U.S. (October 30, 2014, 06:35 PM)

On October 30, a poll of small business owners was released, concerning election reform. See the report here. The poll shows that 78% prefer a multi-party system for the U.S. It also shows that 85% favor public funding for election campaigns, and 83% favor non-partisan commissions for drawing U.S. House and legislative district boundaries. The

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South Carolina Election Commission Cancels Election for State House, District 117, and will Set a Special Election Instead (October 30, 2014, 02:26 PM)

On October 30, the South Carolina Election Commission voted to cancel the election for State House, district 117 in Charleston, and instead hold a special election for that seat later. See this story. The Democratic nominee plans to sue to overturn this decision. Thanks to Rick Hasen for the link.


Kari Chisholm Column on How Republicans Might Have Been Disenfranchised in 2010 Gubernatorial Race if Top-Two Had Existed Then (October 30, 2014, 12:36 PM)

Kari Chisholm, founder of BlueOregon, a leading politics blog in Oregon, has this column on how, if Oregon had had a top-two system in 2010, the general election might easily have had no one on the ballot for Governor except for two Democrats.


Two Billionaires Contribute Yet Another $1,280,000 to ?Yes? Campaign for Top-Two in Oregon (October 29, 2014, 08:36 PM)

On October 28, John Arnold contributed yet another $1,000,000 to the campaign to pass the top-two initiative in Oregon, and former New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg contributed another $280,000. This means the two of them, together, have contributed $4,680,000. Arnold lives in Texas and of course, Bloomberg lives in New York.


U.S. District Court Enjoins Kentucky Rule that Forbids Judicial Candidates from ?Campaigning as a Member? of a Party (October 29, 2014, 06:18 PM)

Kentucky has non-partisan judicial elections. On October 29, U.S. District Court Judge Amol Thapar enjoined a Kentucky rule that forbids judicial candidates from “campaigning as a member of a political organization.” Winter v Wolnitzek, eastern district, 2:14cv-119. Kentucky already lost an earlier case against a rule that didn’t permit judicial candidates to mention their party

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Delaware Holds Three-Party Debate for U.S. Senate (October 29, 2014, 03:45 PM)

On the morning of October 29, the three candidates for U.S. Senate from Delaware debated each other at Widener University, School of Law. The debate will probably be broadcast soon on WDEL, a radio station. The three candidates are the nominees of the Democratic, Republican, and Green Parties. This year, there are only fifteen states

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Three-Party Alaska Debate for U.S. House-at-Large Seat (October 29, 2014, 03:12 PM)

On October 28, the three candidates for Alaska’s U.S. House seat debated. See this story. The three candidates are the nominees of the Republican, Democratic, and Libertarian Parties.


Eliot Cutler, Independent for Governor of Maine, Calls Press Conference to Say he is Not Dropping Out (October 29, 2014, 02:01 PM)

On October 29, Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for Governor of Maine, called a press conference. Speculation was that he would drop out. However, he said at his conference that he is not dropping out, although he acknowledged that he is unlikely to win, and he seemed to suggest that he would understand if his supporters

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